Real Sociedad made a star signing with the arrival of David Silva on a free, which is a contrast to this weekend’s opponents in Real Madrid, who have not yet signed anyone in this transfer window.
The 34-year-old was signed as a replacement for Martin Odegaard, with the Norwegian returning to Los Blancos after a one-year loan spell in San Sebastian, but La Real boss Imanol Alguacil is not going to rush him into the XI.
“He’s terribly eager, but he arrives a little short [of fitness],” Imanol said in relation to Silva.
“We are already seeing the quality he has in training and that he will give us a lot, but he’s been out of action for some time – he had the positive [coronavirus test] – so he will be amongst the 23 [man squad] and then we will see.
“Madrid? Madrid are Madrid, whether they make signings or not.
“They have a great squad, a squad so good that, although it’s true they haven’t signed [anyone], the ones they have are very good.
“They are LaLiga champions, they’ll want to start well and win their first game.
“We want to add to the point we got at [Real] Valladolid.”